Online Tutoring Program Pairing K–12 Students with College Mentors
CovEducation, an online platform created by students from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, pairs college undergraduate and postgraduate student mentors with K–12 students affected by school closures during the novel coronavirus pandemic. CovEducation (known as CovED, for short) provides resources for students who face financial, familial, and logistical challenges that impact their learning experience. In addition to tutoring, the organization has hosted a virtual college fair and speaker panels to give students a glimpse into life on campus. The service is free to all K–12 students. Parents or guardians of K–12 students complete an online form (coved.org/register) that asks about subjects with which students need help. After completing the form, parents can access the mentor database to find a good fit for their child. In doing the matchings, CovEd looks at not only subject areas but also career aspirations to suggest someone who could be a potential role model and mentor for students. In less than two months, CovED has grown rapidly, with more than 1,200 K–12 students from 50 states and more than 2,600 college students from 48 states signed up. CovEd expects college mentors to tutor at least until the end of younger students’ academic year.
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